Literature Review Lesson Plan


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Literature Review Lesson Plan

  1. 1. Literature Review 2- 9th GradeMay 11The learning intention:Students will practice:Creating a literature reviewThey will use these resources:Pen and blank paperSample Literature Review and Literature Review PPT handout from previous classStack of research materials (About 20 articles)Research Organization HandoutStudents will be asked to display their understanding through:Creating a literature reviewTeachers PreparationRead this lesson planPick up handouts from Sam before classNote: It is not necessary to read the articles. There is no desired outcome to this research. Just lettingthe students play with it will be helpful to practice sorting information and reinforce the last lesson.Discover the material with them and help them make connections between the sources.Stages of the lesson and methods to be used:1. Review Literature Review PPTfrom last class. Teacher led Q & A.2. Discuss and prepare the pre-research questions. Teacher led and group work.3. Organize research materials according to research questions. Whole class.4. Assemble literature review. Group work.1 - Review Literature Review PPT from last class (5 minutes)Pull up the PPT and ask students to fill in the blanks. If they have trouble remembering just give themthe answers. There is no reason to dwell on this step.2 -Discuss and prepare the pre-research questions. (10 minutes)
  2. 2. Go over these 5 objectives. For two of them the students will have to brainstorm additional information.1. What is your research goal? Explore the reason why high schools require students to wearuniforms.2. What are your research questions?Give them this one: Do school uniforms have an impact onbullying?Students have three minutes to come up with at least one more question in groups.Then they write them on the board.3. Who is your audience? Their peers4. What do you already know?Students have three minutes to come up with any answers orrelevant information. Quickly go through all the groups and ask them what they already know,or what questions on the board they can answer.5. How will you plan your time? We will use this class period to sort through the providedresearch materials to find useful and relevant sources.3 Organize research materials according to questions (10 minutes)Put the stack of articles on a desk and invite all the students to start sorting through them, andaccording to title decide what questions they might help to answer. Remind them to write down anynew research questions they think of on the board. Most articles will probably help answer multiplequestions. Have students write the article number next to the question it will help answer.4 Analyze sources for usability (25 minutes)Make students break into groups of three or four. How many groups do you have? Choose that manyquestions from the board according to which ones have the most sources. Assign one question to eachgroup. Their job is now to start creating a literature review from those sources.